Long Rides Provide Solitude for West U Firefighter

Long Rides Provide Solitude for West U Firefighter

For West U firefighter Peter van Wijk, riding a motorcycle is a way to get away, have some solitude, and learn more about himself. His decade-long experience with motorcycles didn’t begin as a passion – it was actually a practical decision as gas prices were rising. But once he got...
Summer Winding Down for West U Elementary Students

Summer Winding Down for West U Elementary Students

Students at West University Elementary School will be headed back to school on August 24. West U Connections sat down with a few students recently to talk about what they have been up to on their summer vacations and what they are looking forward to most about getting back in...
Chaotic Mornings: Preschooler and Toddler Twins Make a Full House

Chaotic Mornings: Preschooler and Toddler Twins Make a Full House

When Kylie Galfione looks back on the last 20 months of her twins’ lives she says she could never have done it without the help and support of her husband John. Kylie and John have a four-year-old daughter named Sophie and 20-month-old fraternal twins named Evie and Gwynn. “My husband...
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Resident’s 1977 Motorcycle has the ‘Nostalgia Factor’

Resident’s 1977 Motorcycle has the ‘Nostalgia Factor’

John Young’s favorite thing about his 1977 Triumph Bonneville 750 cc motorcycle is the nostalgia factor. You can’t talk about Triumphs without thinking about James Dean, Marlon Brando, and others, he says. John got his Triumph from British USA in south Houston for Father’s Day in 2002. “It leaks oil and it leaks gas and...
Bob Kelly Rides with a Purpose

Bob Kelly Rides with a Purpose

When Bob Kelly gets on his 2004 Harley Davidson Road King Classic he’s usually riding for a good cause and a purpose. Bob, who is a former West U mayor and current city councilman, is one of about 80 Motorcycle Marshals who provide motorcycle support for the BP MS 150. Every April more than 13,000...
1974 Jaguar a ‘Mona Lisa’ of Classic Cars

1974 Jaguar a ‘Mona Lisa’ of Classic Cars

When Dr. J. Morgan Lloyd talks about his classic car, he speaks about it like it is a piece of art. He purchased his 1974 Jaguar E-type in 1981 from a private seller in Houston. He grew up in Houston and always wanted a Jaguar. The car was made in England and his Jaguar, a...
1972 Jaguar a Trip Down Memory Lane

1972 Jaguar a Trip Down Memory Lane

Every month, classic car owners and enthusiasts back their cars into parking spaces at Tiny’s No. 5 and spend a Saturday morning talking shop and eating donuts at West U Hood Poppers. Tiny’s No. 5 owners Gregg Thompson and Baron Doke both have classic cars and started this monthly gathering in January of last year....
Classic Car Restoration Fulfills Late Brother’s Dream

Classic Car Restoration Fulfills Late Brother’s Dream

When Richard and Cristal Roth drive their recently restored 1969 Hurst/Olds, they think of her brother Parrish who always wanted the car to be restored. “It means a lot because it was my brother’s car and he’s no longer living,” Cristal says. “It was his dream to have it restored.” Cristal’s brother, Parrish Cook, purchased...
Connecting with Your Publisher

Connecting with Your Publisher

When we published our first classic car edition last September, we weren’t expecting to find so many West U residents with classic cars that we would be able to do it again this year. But we did! This year, we decided to include motorcycles and doing so provided us with many interesting stories that we...
Dine Out and Do Good During Houston Restaurant Weeks

Dine Out and Do Good During Houston Restaurant Weeks

Dine out and do good! Houston Restaurant Weeks is underway! Now through September 7, 2015 dine out at participating restaurants to support the Houston Food Bank. For a complete listing of participating restaurants and menus, visit www.houstonrestaurantweeks.com.
Share Your Pet Photos with West U Connections

Share Your Pet Photos with West U Connections

Show off your furry friends in an upcoming edition of West U Connections! West U Connections is publishing its second annual pet edition in October and we are looking for West U pets to feature in the upcoming edition. Send photos and stories about your pets to sara@embeepublishing.com.
Connecting with Your New PTO President

Connecting with Your New PTO President

A milestone year – Happy 90th birthday West U Elementary School! I am very excited and honored to serve as the 2015-2016 PTO President. I could not have dreamed that my daughter would be so blessed to attend such a great school with amazing teachers, staff and leaders.  From my family’s first day at this...
Back to School Means a Full Schedule for the Bourgeois Family

Back to School Means a Full Schedule for the Bourgeois Family

As summer winds down, many West U families will be balancing their children’s full schedules with their own as the kids head off to school. For Drs. Keith and Kelly Bourgeois and their three children back to school means early mornings for weight lifting before school, carpooling to ballet after school and finding time to...